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CIPPEC (Centre for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth – Argentina) is an organisation that strives for a more just, democratic and efficient State, in order to improve Argentine’s livelihoods. Thus it focuses on analysing and promoting public policies that foster equity and growth in Argentina.
The CCC (Civil Collaboration Centre – Mexico), is a non-governmental and non-profit association. Their vision is to reinforce democratic change in Mexico by using consensus methodologies such as dialogue, collaboration and conflict management within the different sectors of society.
ICD (Development and Communication Institute - Uruguay), is the coordinator of the ISTR Network for Latin America and the Caribbean. It is an independent, non governmental organization whose mission is to produce knowledge and generate actions that contribute to a greater citizen participation in democratic life, in national development processes and in Latin American integration.
Grupo FARO (Foundation for Reforms and Opportunities - Ecuador) is a civil society organisation that promotes active civil society, business sector and public institutions´ participation in local and national
ILDIS (Latin American Social Research Institute – Bolivia) is the Bolivian representation of the Friederich Ebert Foundation. Their goal is to contribute to development and the strengthening of democracy, by offering a plural space that allows different political, social and institutional actors to think about the most relevant Bolivian problems.
ODI (Overseas Development Institute – United Kingdom) is Britain's leading independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Their mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries. They do this by locking together high-quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate. We work with partners in the public and private sectors, in both developing and developed countries.
CIES (Social and Economic Research Consortium - Peru) is composed of several Peruvian institutions. CIES´ purpose is to strengthen the Peruvian academic community in order to produce and disseminate useful knowledge for analysts and policymakers in the public sector, the civil society and the academia. Ultimately, their mission is to contribute to Peru’s development, raising the level of the national debate on economical and social key policy options.
The School of Social Sciences of the University of the Republic of Uruguay is the main national public academic centre related to Political Sciences, Political parties, Government and Public Policy in Uruguay. For the last decade, this institution has been developing research on the nexus between social sciences and public policy.
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ALNAP was established in 1997, following the multi-agency evaluation of the Rwanda genocide. It is a collective response by the humanitarian sector, dedicated to improving humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability. Members include over 50 key humanitarian organisations and experts, and over 600 individuals. Biannual meetings play an important role in the ALNAP network, facilitating exchange and collaboration on relevant issues. ALNAP also acts as a platform for implementing relevant projects on behalf of its membership. Its secretariat is based at ODI.
AgREN was established at ODI in the mid 1980s to link policy-makers, practitioners and researchers in the agriculture sector of developing countries. Although AgREN is not currently active, all past papers and newsletters are available to download free of charge from the website.
FFA is an online community dedicated to research and opinions about how the international aid system currently works and where it should go next. The FFA website contains highlights of the latest research and opinions about how the international aid system currently works and whether and how it could be reformed. FFA primarily provides exposure to work from the Global South. It is hosted by ODI.
HPN was established in 1994 to provide an independent forum for policy-makers, practitioners and others working in or on the humanitarian sector to share and disseminate information, analysis and experience, and to learn from it. The only network of its kind, HPN plays a key role in examining policy developments and distilling practice. It is fast in capturing major new initiatives and good practice from a wide range of players, and documenting and disseminating this information to field staff and policy-makers. HPN’s aim is to improve the performance of humanitarian action by contributing to individual and institutional learning. HPN’s institutional location is the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at ODI.
Strategic alliances between business, government and civil society are a growing feature of both developed and emerging economies. Such multi-sector partnerships are necessary because it is increasingly clear that no one sector in society can deliver the goals of sustainable development alone. In recognition of the complexity of brokering partnerships, ODI and The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) have launched a professional Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme.
AccountAbility is a non-profit, membership organization established in 1995 to promote accountability innovations that advance responsible business practices, and the broader accountability of civil society and public organizations.
Africa Governance, Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP) works with national civil society organisations in Africa to conduct systematic audits of government performance in three areas: the justice sector and the rule of law; political participation and democracy; and effective delivery of public services. It also works with organisations and the Open Society Institute's African foundations to research and publish reports on themes related to governance in individual African countries.
Africa Research Bulletin is the leading bulletin service on Africa, appearing in two series - Political, Social and Cultural, and Economic, Financial and Technical - available separately or in a combined subscription. Fact and comment are drawn from a large range of local press, radio and on-line sources. These are complemented with information from international organizations, the world press, news agencies and the World Wide Web. ARB provides a balance of comment and opinion from local and international sources which monitor future trends and developments. Used together, the accumulated knowledge of the Political and Economic Bulletins give readers an in-depth understanding of Africa since 1964.
The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is a network that brings cooperation agencies and experts together with national and regional institutions working in various areas of development. Based in Harare, Zimbabwe, the foundation is an independent, capacity-building institution established in 1991 through the collaborative efforts of three multilateral institutions (the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)), African governments and bilateral donors. ACBF addresses capacity needs in the area of macroeconomic policy analysis and development management through the African Capacity Building Trust Fund, and works in 14 African countries (Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe).
AgEcon: Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics is a World Wide Web site developed and maintained at the University of Minnesota by Magrath Library and the Department of Applied Economics. It’s a full text library of Agricultural and Applied Economics Scholarly Literature. AgEcon Search collects, indexes, and electronically distributes full text copies of scholarly research in the broadly defined field of agricultural economics including sub disciplines such as agribusiness, food supply, natural resource economics, environmental economics, policy issues, agricultural trade, and economic development.
The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research aims to promote the generation, dissemination and use of knowledge for enhancing health system performance. It has a section on the site with a range of information on how to promote impact of research on policy.
The Arab region has been highly affected by the various forms and expressions of globalisation. In many countries, civil society organisations, including political parties, trade unions, social movements, NGOs and others, do not exist. Where they do exist, they are highly repressed by the governing regime. The Arab NGO Network for Development is assisting in the active participation of Arab civil society organisations in global fora. The network aims to support the process through capacity building and awareness raising activities, as well as by exchanging experience and information on participatory policy analysis and advocacy.
ADB created the NGO and Civil Society Center (then 'NGO Center') in February 2001 to strengthen cooperation with civil society actors and to respond to their concerns. The Center serves nongovernment organizations, including community-based organizations, peoples groups and foundations, as well as trade unions.
The Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC), founded in 1979, is a regional NGO association of 21 national and regional NGO networks from 11 Asian countries actively engaged in food security, agrarian reform, sustainable agriculture and rural development activities. ANGOC has developed skills in linking grassroots action with macro-policy interventions. This competence is highlighted in its past projects: the Citizen's Campaign on the Asian Development Bank; and People's Participation in UNCED and Beyond. To respond to the growing demands of the NGO sector, ANGOC continually designs and implements strategic interventions to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness in regional development. ANGOC organises specialised courses, conferences and activities, in coordination with training institutions. It is also involved in a number of global, regional and national networks and coalitions in the programme areas of the institution: food security, agrarian reform, sustainable agriculture and people's participation and rural development.
The Association for Research on Non-profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is a community of people dedicated to fostering the creation, application and dissemination of knowledge on voluntary action, non-profit organisations and philanthropy through research. Among its initiative, the social Entrepreneurship Enterprise Section (SEES) is the most relevant. Its mission is to facilitate interaction among ARNOVA members who are interested in increasing the level of research, debate, and understanding regarding organisations, projects, and activities / initiatives associated with social entrepreneurship and / or social enterprise.
The Association of Latin American Development Organizations (ALOP) is composed of NGOs from 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its main objective is the construction of a dialogue space, to strengthen NGOs and their capacity to influence policy process in the region and globally. The association, founded in 1979, is part of a broader network of institutions and networks involved in global policy process. Its main projects are the programme of strategic alliances for local development in Latin America, and the promotion and strengthening of the participation of civil society in the political dialogue and cooperation between the EU and Latin America.
The Brazilian Association of NGOs (Associacao Brasileira de Organizacoes Nao Governamentais, ABONG) was created to represent and promote relations between NGOs dedicated to the strengthening of civil society and the promotion of democracy. Its strategies involve: improving the capacity of civil society to participate in public policy process; action in the public space in representation of civil society; searching for new partnership models; strengthening networking initiatives nationally and in Latin America; and promoting a communications policy to showcase the actions of ABONG and its members. ABONG organised the last World Social Forum in Brazil as part of its action plan.
This Directory of Policy Research Institutes in Developing Countries is a web-based database of policy research development institutes in developing and transition countries, that include the objective of influence public policy into their aims and goals. It also aims to be a tool with relevant information about this type of organizations in three developing regions: Latin America, Asia and Africa.
CAFOD is the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, the official international development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It is a member of the worldwide Caritas Internationalis federation. Together with local partner organisations in more than 50 countries, CAFOD works to build a better world for people living in poverty. In emergency situations, CAFOD also provides immediate relief and stays on to help people rebuild their lives. CAFOD and its partners put pressure on governments and institutions to tackle the causes of poverty. In UK schools and parishes, CAFOD raises awareness of these issues and encourages people to campaign and fundraise.
Cap-Net is an international network for capacity building in IWRM sponsored by the UNDP. It is made up of a partnership of autonomous international, regional and national institutions and networks committed to capacity building in the water sector.
CADECO is an organizational consultancy firm that exists to help organizations improve their performance through the provision of Organization Development (OD) interventions. It achieves this through:
- Facilitating OD interventions
- OD training programs
- Developing effective networks
- OD publications
Capacity.org is a web magazine-cum-portal intended for practitioners and policy makers who work in or on capacity development in international cooperation in the South. The site is accompanied by a printed journal and an email newsletter, which are published quarterly in English, French and Spanish. Each issue of Capacity.org focuses on a specific theme relevant to capacity development, with feature articles, reports on policy and practice, interviews and a guest column, and annotated links to related web resources, publications and events.
Drawing from specific country lending and non-lending interventions, the Capacity Development Resource Center (CDRC) shares World Bank Institute (WBI) and Bank-wide experiences on capacity development. In addition, the resource center disseminates successful practices at the sectoral level, highlighting newly developed instruments and approaches to tackling sector-wide challenges. The CDRC aims to compile working papers, recent literature, strategy notes, and diagnostics related to capacity development. We also link to international and local capacity development agencies and other capacity development knowledge sources.
CCIC is working with its membership to strengthen its collective capacity to influence policy. The "Building Knowledge and Capacity for Policy Influence" project, which took place between 2003 and 2006, had three main areas of focus: learning in North-South partnership, using knowledge for policy influence and building overall policy capacities.
The Centre for Civil Society at LSE (CCS) is a leading, international organisation for research, analysis, debate and learning about civil society. Its value derives from the wide range of disciplines covered by its staff, research associates and visiting fellows: social policy; anthropology; political science; development studies; law; sociology; international relations; and economics. It also publishes the Global Civil Society yearbook and hosts and promotes academic publications, public lectures, seminars, roundtables and conferences, that bring together academics, policymakers, practitioners and activists.
Choike is a portal dedicated to improving the visibility of the work done by NGOs and social movements from the South. It serves as a platform where citizen groups can disseminate their work and at the same time enrich it with information from diverse sources, which is presented from the perspective of Southern civil society.
Working through local partner organisations in around 50 of the world’s poorest countries, Christian Aid helps people, regardless of religion, ethnicity or nationality, to improve their own lives and tackle the causes of poverty and injustice. We combine this with advocacy and popular campaigning to challenge the policies of the UK and Irish governments, the European Union and international institutions that favour the rich over poor and marginalised.
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international alliance of members and partners which constitute an influential network of organisations at the local, national, regional and international levels, and span the spectrum of civil society including: civil society networks and organisations; trade unions; faith-based networks; professional associations; NGO capacity development organisations; philanthropic foundations and other funding bodies; businesses; and social responsibility programmes. CIVICUS has a vision of a global community of active, engaged citizens committed to the creation of a more just and equitable world. CIVICUS provides a focal point for knowledge-sharing, common interest representation, global institution-building and engagement among these disparate sectors. It acts as an advocate for citizen participation as an essential component of governance and democracy worldwide. CIVICUS seeks to amplify the voices and opinions of ordinary people and it gives expression to the enormous creative energy of the burgeoning sector of civil society.
The Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Commission on Development-Related Research was established to learn what could be done to improve learning for policymaking. It emerged from the strong belief that policymaking should be based on solid knowledge. With regards to political programmes, such as development aid, the Commission points out that legitimacy depends not only on whether policies are well intended, but on whether they will work and whether public resources are frugally used.
CommGAP, a global program at the World Bank, promotes the use of communication in governance reform programs and supports the building of democratic public spheres. Through its three program areas: Research and Advocacy, Training and Capacity Building, and Support to Development Projects and Programs, CommGAP is demonstrating the power of communication in promoting good and accountable governance and hence better development results.
Initiated by the Communication for Social Change (CFSC) Consortium, the Practitioner Network is a semi-formal grouping of individuals committed to and expert in communication for social change, who can offer advice and support to organisations seeking to transform principle and theory into practice. The network's main activities include providing training and technical support to those in the network, as well as identifying and developing training materials for development agencies interested in using CFSC principles.
The Council for Health Research for Development (COHRED) was established to improve links between research and policy in the health sector. COHRED has undertaken important work in this field over recent years in both developed and developing countries.
The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is an independent Pan-African research organisation with a primary focus on the social sciences, broadly defined. CODESRIA works with civil society by building capacity, coordinating networking events and opportunities, promoting research and research capacity, and disseminating research results.
The Eastern and Southern Africa NGO Reflection and Development Centre (MWENGO) aims to strengthen the technical and managerial capacity of NGO staff to be able to design, plan, implement and manage programmes that utilise resources efficiently and are more responsive and accountable to their constituencies. It also aims to build the capacity of NGOs to influence the policy process and participate in policymaking. Its key strategies include linkages and networking, research and development and communications.
The aim of Eldis is to: support the documentation, exchange and use of evidence-based development knowledge; communicate this knowledge effectively through a range of appropriately designed services, using the Internet (web and email) as the main communication medium for delivery; reach audiences of researchers, development practitioners and policy formers at national and international levels; play a role in the processes of evidence-based policy formation; provide this information and services free of charge at point of use.
ESRC's Non-Governmental Public Action programme is a unique opportunity to further understand the impact of non-governmental public action in reducing poverty and exclusion, and in social transformation, from an international comparative and multi-disciplinary perspective. Public action by and for disadvantaged people, undertaken by non-governmental organisations and other actors, is increasingly significant at local and international levels. The focus of the programme is not just on NGOs, but on a broader range of formal and informal non-governmental actors concerned with poverty reduction and social transformation. These might include advocacy networks, campaigns and coalitions, trades unions, peace groups, social forums, rights-based groups, social movements and business in the community initiatives.
Evidence Network has developed over the past five years in response to a decision in 1999 by the Economic and Social Research Council that a major initiative was needed to bring social science research much nearer to the decision making process. The Evidence network aims: to provide a focal point for those who are interested in evidence based policy and practice (EBPP) to access useful information and resources; to provide a forum for debate and discussion on EBPP issues; to contribute to capacity-building in the skills required for EBPP; and to explore EBPP issues through research and consultancy activities.
The Global Applied Research Network (GARNET) at the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), Loughborough University is a mechanism for information exchange in the water supply and sanitation sector using low-cost, informal networks of researchers, practitioners and 4 Funders of research.
The Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) is a partnership of over 120 learning centers (GDLN Affiliates) in nearly 80 countries around the world. GDLN Affiliates collaborate in holding events that connect people across countries and regions for learning and dialogue on development issues. Offering a combination of distance learning tools such as interactive videoconferencing and the internet, and expert facilitation and learning techniques, GDLN Affiliates enable individuals, teams, and organizations working in development around the world to communicate, share knowledge, and learn from each others’ experiences in a timely and cost-effective manner
The Global Development Network (GDN) was established in 1998, with the goal of supporting and linking research and policy institutes involved in the field of development and whose work is predicated on the notion that ideas matter. RAPNet is the web site of GDN's Bridging Research and Policy Project. It is a network for researchers and policymakers to share information, and to discuss and learn about how to improve the links between development research and policy. The project synthesises existing knowledge, commissions new research and produces lessons, recommendations and practical tools for researchers and policymakers.
The Global Knowledge Partnership is a 'network of networks' with a diverse membership base comprising public, private and not-for-profit organisations from both developed and developing countries. The Partnership was born as a result of the 1997 Global Knowledge Conference in Canada, hosted by the World Bank and the Government of Canada. At present there are 45 members and 48 pending members.
The GTZ is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. GTZ promotes complex reforms and change processes, often working under difficult conditions. Its corporate objective is to improve people’s living conditions on a sustainable basis.
The Hauser Center for Non-profit Organizations is an interdisciplinary research centre at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The centre aims to illuminate the vital role that the non-profit sector and nongovernmental organisations play in aiding societies to discover and accomplish important public purposes. The areas of focus are CSO strengthening; practitioner engagement; and CSO-sector relations. They carry out research and executive education, and work closely with CIVICUS.
IBScientific is an open access publishing group for general and original scientific papers.
id21 communicates the latest UK-sourced international development research to policymakers & practitioners worldwide.
The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex hosts several useful resources including: (i) The Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability: an international research partnership exploring new forms of citizenship that will help make rights real for poor people; (ii) LogoLink: a global network of practitioners from civil society organisations, research institutions and governments working to deepen democracy through greater citizen participation in local governance; (iii) The Environment team works on policy processes and policy learning as related to livelihoods and environmental issues; (iv) The Information Unit: id21 is a fast-track research reporting service and ELDIS is a gateway to information on development issues, providing free and easy access to wide range of high quality online resources.
The International Budget Project and the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex have been working together over the past year to produce in-depth case studies on the Impact of Civil Society Budget Work to learn specifically about the impact of sustained budget work on good governance and poverty reduction. The research draws on case studies of independent budget organisations in Brazil, Croatia, India, Mexico, South Africa and Uganda who have been engaged in budget analysis and budget advocacy.
The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a public corporation created in 1970 to help developing countries find long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems they face. IDRC's architects believed that the powers of science and technology could be harnessed to promote economic growth and development in the South.
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) explores the impact of economic policy research and ways of evaluating it. They held a workshop on assessing the impact of policy-oriented social science research in 2001, in which a number of ways for enhancing impact were identified. These included identifying a communications strategy, understanding policy processes, strengthening national and international research capacity, and presenting research as policy options.
The International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance) is a global partnership of nationally-based organisations working to support community action on AIDS. These national partners help local community groups and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to take action on AIDS, and are supported by technical expertise, policy work and fundraising carried out at the UK-based international secretariat and across the Alliance. In addition to community and country-based programmes, the Alliance also has extensive regional programmes and works on a range of international activities such as support for South–South cooperation, operations research, training and good practice development, as well policy analysis and advocacy.
IIED is an independent, non-profit organization promoting sustainable patterns of world development through collaborative research, policy studies, networking and knowledge dissemination. We work to address global issues, for example; mining, the paper industry and food systems.
The International NGO Training and Resource Centre (INTRAC) supports NGOs and CSOs around the world by exploring policy issues, and strengthening management and organisational effectiveness. Strengthening civil society is a key operational interest for INTRAC. Organisational capacity development involves identifying strategies for capacity building through practice and research, working in partnerships with local support organisations and seeking ways to increase their sustainability. As a support NGO, INTRAC also aims to develop methodologies that increase the participation of clients and beneficiaries of development interventions, e.g. participatory contextual analysis, PRAs, monitoring and evaluation, and impact assessment.
The International Poverty Centre (IPC) is a joint project between the United Nations Development Programme and the Brazilian Government to promote South-South Cooperation on applied poverty research and training. It specializes in analyzing poverty and inequality and offering research-based policy recommendations on how to reduce them. IPC is directly linked to the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), which does research for the Brazilian Ministry of Strategic Planning, and the Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP.
The International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTSR) is the main global research network on civil society with over 750 members. Its biennial conference is important for learning, networking and promoting PPA-relevant work (the Toronto conference had 450 people from around the world).
Involve believes that meeting the greatest challenges of the age will depend on building adaptable and flexible institutions while giving more power to ordinary people. They focus on the practicalities of making this happen. They undertake four core activities:
- Advocacy - making the case for genuine citizen empowerment
- New thinking - improving understanding of what works
- Better practice - supporting institutions and citizens
- Networking - bringing members of the participation and empowerment field together
The Johns Hopkins University - Centre for Civil Society Studies seeks to encourage the development and effective operation of non-profit, philanthropic, or 'civil society' organisations, carrying out its work through a combination of research, training, and information-sharing both in the United States and throughout the world. Its initiatives include: (i) The Third Sector Project that provides practical 'enablement training' in non-profit management and citizen participation to emerging non-profit leaders throughout the world; (ii) The New Governance Project which is developing a set of teaching materials that can equip non-profit, government, and business leaders to design and operate the many new tools of public action. The centre's publications include a UN non-profits management handbook, comparative non-profit sector working papers and other bulletins.
The Kellogg Foundation focuses its work on building the capacity of individuals, communities, and institutions to solve their own problems. An important and relevant programme is its Philanthropy and Volunteerism programme. In Latin America, the foundation works to promote leadership and civil society strengthening. It is also involved in the promotion of tools for development including communication, evaluation and policy tools.
KFPE is dedicated to promoting research partnerships with developing and transition countries. In this way, it wishes to contribute to sustainable development. KFPE is engaged in Swiss scientific policies and is committed to promoting the interests of researchers and their affiliated institutions on both a national and international level. It furthers development-oriented research and elaborates research-strategic concepts. In this context, it ascertains that partnership principles are followed, that the quality of research is assured, and that the interests of all partners are respected.
This initiative is supported by the World Bank Institute’s Knowledge for Development (K4D) Program. It aims to enhance the capacity of development-oriented organizations in the client countries to achieve greater impact through the application of knowledge management tools and practices
Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA) is a 'strategic national resource for the development of policy and practice in post-16 education and training'. They have a Research and Development Programme called Research Impact, and have produced papers such as Walter and Nutley's literature review, 'Models of Research Impact', in 2002.
The Netherlands Development Assistance Research Council (RAWOO) was established to issue recommendations regarding research priorities; to put forward proposals for long-term research programmes; and foster communication among the various parties involved in research for development: researchers, policymakers and end users, both in the South and in the North.
OneWorld is one of the world's fastest-growing civil society networks online, supporting people’s media to help build a more just global society. The network is governed by the OneWorld International Foundation, whose international Board of Trustees includes a representative nominated by each centre.
The Open Society Institute (OSI) serves as the hub of the Soros Foundation Network, a group of autonomous foundations and organisations in more than 50 countries. OSI and the network implement a range of initiatives that aim to promote open societies by shaping government policy and supporting education, media, public health, and human and women's rights, as well as social, legal, and economic reform.
A website providing a compendium of guidance materials on approaches and tactics for policy influence by natural resource managers. Documents on the website are available in English, French, Portuguese & Spanish.
The Research Unit for Research Utilisation (RURU) was recently set up by the University of St Andrews, affiliated to the ESRC Network for Evidence-based Policy and Practice. They aim to look at how to enable evidence to inform policy and professional practice, and their main areas of interest are key public sectors such as health care and social care.
The Ring is an alliance of 13 established and renowned policy research organisations promoting sustainable development through collaborative research, dissemination and policy advocacy. Founded in 1991, in the build-up to the Rio Summit on Environment and Development. The Ring has developed as an informal space in which a community of like-minded organisations can work together to achieve shared objectives. Members of the Ring are based in 5 continents, the majority in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The network’s goal is to improve environment and development policy processes, and to increase the regional and local impact of organisations working on sustainable development issues. The Ring aims to further increase its impact on international decision-making fora, particularly in three broad areas: Climate Change, Trade, and the Future of Sustainability as an influential concept.
The Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net) aims to provide reliable and authoritative information about science and technology for the developing world. Their goal is to help both individuals and organisations in developing countries make informed decisions about how science and technology can improve economic and social development. This is achieved through a free-access website, and by building regional networks of individuals and institutions who share our goals. They also organise regional training workshops in the developing world.
The Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) is a civil society organisation in South Asia that undertakes development initiatives to impact on the lives of the poor by encouraging and enabling their participation in policy processes by means of capacity building, knowledge building and policy advocacy. Two broad categories of interventions are undertaken by PRIA and partners: (i) Strengthening Civil Society by developing and strengthening leaders among the poor; (ii) Reforming Governance institutions by sensitising, orienting and building the capacity of elected representatives and officials to respond to the voices of civil society. It is an approach that addresses both the demand and supply of evidence based policymaking. It uses various tools including publication of a wide range of educational and academic books and journals, direct interventions, context monitoring through the media, and annual reports.
The Support for Analysis and Research in Africa (SARA) project is managed by the Academy for Educational Development, Washington DC. Its aim is to improve policies and programmes in health and basic education. Together, AFR/SD and SARA aim to improve the link between research, policy development and program design and implementation in Africa.
The Communication Initiative is a space to share, debate and advance effective communication for development progress.
Tro_caire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. It supports long-term development projects overseas and provides relief during emergencies. It also informs the Irish public about the root causes of poverty and injustice and mobilises the public to bring about global change.
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) actively shares its knowledge such that policymakers and practitioners can use it to have a positive impact on people's lives. DFID has set up a Knowledge Policy Unit (KPU), whose purpose is to enhance the use of knowledge by DFID and others in support of the elimination of poverty. The KPU seeks to coordinate DFID's existing knowledge activities more effectively and to initiate new activities that will add to the impact of DFID's knowledge programmes.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) runs a series of networks, most importantly the Sub-Regional Resource Facilities (SURFs) network that is geared to engage in global advocacy and analysis to generate knowledge, alliance building and promotion of enabling frameworks on key issues, policy advice and support for national capacity building, and knowledge networking and sharing of good practices.
The United Nations Research Institute on Social Development (UNRISD) has ongoing work on Improving Research and Knowledge on Social Development in International Organizations and held a conference on Social Knowledge and International Policy Making: Exploring the Linkages.
The Vlaams Instituut voor Wetenschappelijk en Technologisch Aspectenonderzoek is an independent and autonomous institute, associated with the Flemish Parliament. The viWTA wishes to contribute in a constructive way to the public debate about science and technology and to allow the voice of the people to be heard in this discussion.
The World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) is an international organization uniting NGOs worldwide in the cause of advancing peace and global well being. WANGO helps to provide the mechanism and support needed for NGOs to connect, partner, share, inspire, and multiply their contributions to solve humanity’s basic problems.
The World Bank has a number of useful resources. The World Development Report 1998/99 focused on 'Knowledge for Development' (www.worldbank.org/wdr/wdr98/index.htm), and dealt with the broad issues of narrowing knowledge gaps, addressing information problems, and policy priorities. The World Bank also has a Knowledge Sharing webpage (www.worldbank.org/ks), and is a member of the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) (www.globalknowledge.org). The Poverty Reduction Group's approach to Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) aims to improve links between research and policy for poverty reduction.